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Results 21–40 of 3535 for speaker:John Baron

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: NHS: Legal Costs (28 Oct 2019)

John Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of paying NHS lawyers regardless of case outcome on (a) incentivising deny-delay-defend behaviour, (b) prolonging indefensible cases and (c) rewarding poor assessment of case merits prior to litigation.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: NHS: Legal Costs (28 Oct 2019)

John Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to pay NHS lawyers by (a) fixed fees, (b) capped fees and (c) conditional fees according to the success of the defence; and if he will make a statement.

Business of the House (24 Oct 2019)

John Baron: Can the Leader of the House confirm that 95% of the Prime Minister’s deal essentially remains unchanged from the deal that preceded it, and we had three and a half years to scrutinise that, so this should not take too long?

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (22 Oct 2019)

John Baron: The right hon. Lady referred to me, so I thank her for giving way. Some of us were shaking our heads because we disagree with one or two of the factual statements made by the right hon. Member for East Antrim, but we are happy to pursue that conversation afterwards. As somebody who served in the troubles in the 1980s, I know that the Union means a lot to many ex-soldiers on both sides of the...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (22 Oct 2019)

John Baron: For those of us who felt compelled to vote down the previous withdrawal agreement and deal, I would suggest that this deal has indeed been worth waiting for, and, as indicated last week, I will support it in the Lobby tonight. The Prime Minister has proved his critics wrong. The withdrawal agreement has been reopened. The harmful backstop has been removed, and we have secured a better deal....

Defence: Strait of Hormuz: UK Shipping (21 Oct 2019)

John Baron: What steps his Department is taking to protect UK shipping in the strait of Hormuz.

Defence: Strait of Hormuz: UK Shipping (21 Oct 2019)

John Baron: No matter how capable, a Royal Navy ship cannot be in two places at once. On this anniversary of the battle of Trafalgar, given that 95% of our trade is seaborne, is it not obvious that we need a much larger surface fleet, including a larger number of cheaper ships, if we are to play our full part in keeping world sea lanes open?

Prime Minister’s Statement: European Union (Withdrawal) Acts (19 Oct 2019)

John Baron: The right hon. and learned Gentleman is right with the quote, but he has been very selective and taken it out of context, because I continued to make the point that it is a commercial reality that leaving no deal on the table in any negotiations makes a good and fair trade deal more likely. That is something I, and the vast majority of colleagues in this place, actually want. We want a free...

Prime Minister’s Statement: European Union (Withdrawal) Acts (19 Oct 2019)

John Baron: It is right that we examine the detail in this place, and the Secretary of State is doing a great job in answering the questions, but may I suggest to him that we, as a collective body, need a slightly more optimistic note? It is my firm belief that now we have got rid of the backstop, we will achieve a fair and good trade deal by December 2020. We should be focused on that, rather than on...

Prime Minister’s Statement: European Union (Withdrawal) Acts (19 Oct 2019)

John Baron: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Prime Minister’s Statement: European Union (Withdrawal) Acts (19 Oct 2019)

John Baron: I do not usually do this, but given that there was a very factual error in the comment just made by an Opposition Member, may I say, just for the record, that I have never been a member of the ERG and I am not a member of the ERG?

Prime Minister’s Statement (19 Oct 2019)

John Baron: I wholeheartedly commend my right hon. Friend for abolishing the anti-democratic backstop. On that basis, I will, having opposed the previous deal, be supporting this deal today. May I suggest this to him? Given that I and most of us in this place want a fair and good trade deal, and prefer that to no deal, does he accept that by abolishing the anti-democratic backstop we actually not only...

Brexit Negotiations (3 Oct 2019)

John Baron: Mr Speaker, I am glad to hear it. The devil will be in the detail, but I very much congratulate my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on his improved proposals as a basis for a deal. However, in straining every sinew to secure a good deal, will he be resolute not only in his intent to honour the triggering of article 50 by an overwhelming majority in this place, which clearly stated that...

Deferred Divisions: Early Parliamentary General Election (4 Sep 2019)

John Baron: I stand briefly to raise one simple point, and it is an inconvenient truth for many in this Chamber: the overwhelming majority of Members here tonight voted to trigger article 50. What it said, very simply, was that we would leave the EU by 29 March, with or without a deal. Yet we have now seen two extensions to that deadline, and to many outside this place that is evident proof that there...

Deferred Divisions: Early Parliamentary General Election (4 Sep 2019)

John Baron: I will give way in a moment, but I wish to finish this point. We have seen people clasp straws in the wind such as, “The people need another vote” and, “We need to support this motion.” The Opposition’s motion was ridiculous; anybody who has negotiated will understand that if one signals to those on the other side of the table that one is not prepared to walk away, it makes for a...

Deferred Divisions: Early Parliamentary General Election (4 Sep 2019)

John Baron: That is not a fair point, for the simple reason that in that general election both the Labour manifesto and the Conservative manifesto promised to deliver Brexit. All we have seen since is utter delay and confusion, caused largely by remain MPs who will not honour the referendum result.

Deferred Divisions: Early Parliamentary General Election (4 Sep 2019)

John Baron: For the simple reason that the House has consistently voted not to honour the triggering of article 50. We keep kicking it into the long grass. When the hon. Gentleman and I voted to trigger article 50, the Bill was simple and short: it said that we would leave by 29 March, with or without a deal.

Deferred Divisions: Early Parliamentary General Election (4 Sep 2019)

John Baron: No, the hon. Gentleman has had his chance. It said that we would leave with or without a deal. Too many Members have continued to kick the can down the road—not once, not twice, but now three times, courtesy of the Bill passed earlier. It is absolutely ridiculous, and people are utterly fed up with it. A lot of remain MPs must look at themselves in the mirror and own up to the fact that all...

European Union (Withdrawal) (3 Sep 2019)

John Baron: I rise in opposition to this motion and in support of my Prime Minister, essentially for two reasons. The first is that there is more than a whiff of arrogance in this motion. Too many remain MPs in this place will use any device to try to block Brexit. There are honourable remain Members, but I am afraid that there are too many who are not. The decision was delegated by this place to the...


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